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Some Tips for all you pacers out there..

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  • reno_debra@emc.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 4, 2000
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      > A friend asked me for some tips on pacing..... I've never been a pacer,
      > but I've had several. I figure that makes me an expert. So,here
      > goes......
      >
      > Reno's Rules of Pacing....
      >
      > 1. The runner makes the rules.
      >
      > 2. The runner is entitled to change the rules at any given moment,
      > thereby nullifying all previous instructions. She may, of course, do this
      > WITHOUT informing the pacer ahead of time, and the pacer is expected to
      > take full blame for not knowing the rules have changed. The runner is,
      > under these circumstances, allowed to sulk, pout, or throw temper tantrums
      > at the pacer/crew for failing to do things "right". (note:see also:
      > "marriage", and "childbirth")
      >
      > 3. The pacer must run behind the runner, unless of course the runner has
      > asked you to run in front, in which case, be sure and run far enough
      > ahead, but not too far, so as to leave the runner behind, and neither too
      > slow or too fast. If you do run behind the runner, and she goes off
      > trail, it is still your fault.
      >
      > 4. Lying is expected, but it must sound sincere. Some examples: "Wow,
      > you're really moving forward well now". or, 'You look much fresher than
      > that other women"
      > or " No, it doesnt bother me at all that you threw up on my
      > sandwich."...and of course, the classic, "We 're almost there!".
      > Practice saying these with a sincere ring to your voice. A straight face
      > is not important, as it will be dark.
      >
      > 5. The pacer must keep up cheerful conversation and witty stories, unless
      > of course the runner has told you to "SHUT UP, WILL YA?". Under these
      > circumstances, it is allowed for the pacer to remain quiet, though not so
      > quiet as to appear to be pouting. Pouting is only allowed for the runner.
      >
      > 6. The pacer should help the runner get some food and drink at the aid
      > stations. The runner will perhaps not want anything, and will come up
      > with a variety of imaginative swear words as answers to any suggestions
      > you might make in this regard. In this circumstance, the pacer should
      > just smile and secretly stash some food for the moment, approximately 5
      > minutes out of the aid station, when the runner will suddenly decide that
      > she does indeed want that turkey sandwich. At this point, the pacer
      > should NOT say, "I knew you would want this, so I brought some with me".
      > The proper response is to say, "well, I took one for myself, and I can't
      > finish it all, would you like half?" This way, the runner is spared any
      > embarrassment over her childish behavior at the aid station. The same
      > goes for: bandaids, vaseline, and toilet paper.
      >
      > 7. The pacer must bear silently any pain, sickness, blisters, thirst,
      > broken legs or kidney failure. Only the runner is allowed to have these
      > things.
      >
      > 8. The pacer should be motivational, as in, "How about we run to that
      > next glowstick?" or "I think we can reel in that next runner". If the
      > next runner is lying comatose in the trail, so much the better, as you can
      > pass strongly, and then remark to your runner, "wow, you passed that guy
      > just like he was standing still!"
      >
      > 9. The pacer should help the runner get through the aid stations as
      > quickly as possible, while at the same time, refueling and getting
      > necessary supplies for himself.
      > It is also expected that the pacer should anticipate any other needs the
      > runner might have. Developing your skills of mind-reading will be helpful
      > at this point.
      >
      > 10. The runner may tell you she wants to quit. If a runner
      > expresses a deep desire to drop out,("deep desire" is defined as lying
      > down in the middle of the trail and refusing to go on) the pacer should
      > get the runner to the next aid station. At that point, if the runner is
      > still wanting to drop, find out when the cut off is for that aid station.
      > Allow the runner to remain there within 30 min. of that cutoff if
      > possible. After some rest and refueling, many runners find they can
      > continue. And they will forever be in your debt for keeping them in the
      > race. They will, however, re-tell the story so that it appears they never
      > really wanted to drop at all, and may even twist the truth to appear that
      > they stopped at that aid station in order to give YOU a break. This will
      > sound something like, "Well, I COULD have broken XX hours, but my pacer...
      > etc. etc."
      >
      > 11. Once the runner finishes, they will likely want to give you a hug of
      > gratitude. Considering the fact that they have been running for approx.
      > 24 hours, possibly have barfed or had other bodily malfunctions, this may
      > not be a pleasant prospect for you. Just endure it, because, you don't
      > smell so good yourself, buddy.
      >
      > 12. Rest, eat and drink, and then get with other pacers and tell all the
      > stuff that REALLY happened out there on the trail.....
      >
      >
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